TD Jakes - Remember What I Said
The stone had been rolled back. And they stood in amazement, two strangers standing outside, sat on a rock, and said, "Why seek ye the living amongst the dead"? Why do we seek the living amongst the dead? Why do we seek the living amongst the dead? We do it because religion always worships where they left him. Religion always expects him to remain where you left him. And they come down to the tomb and said, "I will worship a dead Jesus. And I will embalm with frankincense and myrrh the body of the dead. And I will give to a dead Jesus. There will be no miracles, but whatever it costs to get this together, I'm still going to give it and I'm still going to do it. And I'm coming down to the tomb and he's still going to"...
When they walked upon the tomb, the stone had been rolled away. And like most women, when you change on them, they were suspicious. Because when you change anything about your behavior with a woman, come on sisters. Where my sisters at? Make some noise in here. The stone had been rolled away, and now they are suspicious. And there are two strangers. Don't bring no strange people around, I don't know these people. They were not at the last supper. They were not at Mary's house. I didn't see them on the boat when we were going on the boat. Who are these people around Jesus? And the women were suspicious because you know you're always suspicious with strange people. "He is not here," they said. "He is not here; he has risen". The word "risen" pops out at me.
The word, "Risen, he is not here. He has risen. He is not here, he has risen". The word "risen" and the word "remember" pop out of the text. Risen, remember. How did they manage to forget what he said? The angel said, "Remember what he said. He is not here. He is not where you left him". He has gone into another dimension. I'm talking about a shift. I'm talking about a disruption. I'm talking about moving to the next dimension. While I applaud the fact that you would love him dead, I challenge you to understand he is gone into the next dimension, and you have forgotten what he said. But let's not be too hard on them. They had been through hell.
And people can be hard on you, not appreciating that you have been through hell. They had seen his body taken down off the cross, his blood having congealed, water pouring out of his wounds. The red corpuscles had separated from the white corpuscles, and water was oozing out of his wounds, no longer bleeding. He was dead. They had seen his stiff, rigor mortis ridden body having to be pulled away from the cross position and forced over top of his body, prepared his body for the grave. They had felt the warm flesh of Jesus turn cold as a refrigerator. And what they had seen had made them forget what they had heard.
I want to know this morning, has what you've seen made you forget what he said? This is a war between senses, between sight and hearing. They walked down to the tomb. Though it was dark, they walked in the sight and the enlightenment of what they saw. Because what they saw convinced them that what? That he in fact was dead. But we walk not by sight. Have you allowed what you have seen to make you walk in the light of what you have seen, rather than what you have heard? Faith doesn't come by sight. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
It is a conflict of evidences when you hear something on Sunday morning, but you see something on Monday. And what you see happening in your life contradicts what you heard on Sunday morning. And all of a sudden, you react according to what you see rather than... faith cometh by? Oh, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Which sense will win? What you see with your eyes or what you've heard? When you see you're a diabetic, but you heard by his stripes we are healed, what sense will win? When you heard that the fruit of your body is blessed, but you see your children going absolutely wild, whose report will you believe?
Right now in every person's life in this room, there is a fight. There is a fight going on right now, I mean a fight. I mean a boxing match. I mean a fight to death. I mean a war. I mean a conflict going on in every person's life in this room between what you see and what you heard. And in spite of the conflict, the women... I don't know what's going on here, but I'm going in. I don't understand it, but I'm going in here. I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm going in. The love I have compels me to overcome the senses around me. I'm going in.
Touch your neighbor and say, "I'm going in, I'm going in". For where God is getting ready to take you in 2018, you can't walk by sight. You got to walk by faith. You will have to go into some stuff not knowing how you're going to come out. But touch three people and tell them, "I'm going in". I'm going in. I'm going in. I'm going in. I'm going where I've never gone before. I'm going to see what I never saw before. I'm going to do what I never done before so I can have what I never had before. Baby, I'm going in, for it is not by might nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord. I'm going in. Though he slay me, yet shall I trust him. I am going in.
This is your season to step out of the familiar into the unfamiliar. I need some courageous folk in this place. I need some folk that'll go in scared, go in confused, go in nervous. Touch five people and tell them, "I'm going in". I'm going in. I'm going in". I came to tell you to get ready for a shift. Get ready for a turnaround. It may be uncomfortable, it may be conflicting, it may be disruptive. It may make you nervous, but you got to go in anyway.
I prophesy to you this morning that you shall go through a paradigm shift that will set you in a place of the unexpected. That God will appear to you in unexpected ways, that he will do unexpected things. That people who expect you to be where they left you, they're going to come looking for you to be where they left you. They thought you couldn't move if they didn't move you. They thought you couldn't get up if they didn't raise you. They thought you couldn't progress if they weren't with you. But by the time they get there, you will not be where they expected. God is going to move every obstacle that's standing in between you and what he's about to do in your life. I dare you to praise him.
Sit down, sit down 'cause I got something else to tell you. I got more to give you, but I'm going to give you this first, I'm going to quit. So angels, the angels is like sitting on what used to hold Jesus. They sitting up chilling, sitting on the rock. They sitting on what the Romans used to hold him in, not only did they move it out of the way, they made it a chair. God said, "I'm going to make your enemies your footstool".
So, the angels laid back chilling, they said, "Yo Mary, sup other Mary? Chill, girl. He is not where you left him. He's in a whole 'nother dimension. He is risen. He is risen is forward. Remembering is back. You see, the same yesterday, today, forevermore. What you don't understand, girl, let me tell you what's going on here. He had to be exalted above every name in the earth, under the earth, above the earth so that wherever you get ready to use his name... There is not a dimension that his name won't work in. There is nothing coming out of hell that his name won't work in. His name has been exalted above every name that is in the earth, under the earth, or above the earth. That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, not just the demons you deal with now, but the ones under the earth, the ones in the earth. There's not a chance in the world that you can use his name in a place where he does not have dominion. He went through all of that so he would have power here, there, and there, so that he could sit on the right hand of the majesty on high. Like I'm sitting on this rock, he's sitting on the right hand of the majesty on high. But you're going to get the revelation of where he is by what he said before".
And then I had to go back and remember. Everything he had turned out like he had said. If they'd have been listening at Jesus, they wouldn't even come down to that tomb that morning. He already told them. When he was living, before he was crucified, he'd already told them, "If you destroy the temple, in three days I'll raise it up again. No man takes my life. I lay it down. And if I lay it down, I'll pick it back up again. As Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days, so shall the Son of man be in the earth three days".
Why had they not remembered what he said? Why do we forget what he said? But here's a deeper principle. I noticed how he prepped for what he had to go through before he went through it. "I'm going to go through something, but I'm coming out. It may look bad for a minute, but I'm coming out". They think they're in control, but they're not in control. I'm coming out of this. I'm coming out of this. He wasn't even in it yet, and he was already telling them how it was going to turn out. He called those things that are not as though they were. And when everything was over, it turned out just like He said!
And the Lord said the problem with my people is when they're in trouble, this is how they're in trouble, this is how they're in trouble. This is how they deal with their trouble. "Pray for me, child, I'm going through. I don't know how things are going to turn out, there's all hell breaking loose in my life. I'm going through such a bad time. I don't know whether I'm going to make it or not, there's some big ones this time. Lord, there's some big ones this time, it's killing me, it's killing me, it's killing me".
And what they don't understand is that the power of life and death is in the tongue. And the reason, the reason you have been in so long is because of how you talk. The children of Israel should have been out of the wilderness in a few days. But because of their mouth, they murmured and complained. What should have been a few days took 40 years 'cause they didn't talk right. The Lord said, "If you want to come out quickly, you got to change the way you talk". You got to start talking in the next dimension while you're still in. So, let the poor say. Let the weak say.
And I know it's too early to be talking about what's happening next, but the Lord said, "Don't wait till you get there to start talking in the next dimension". So, he said he was going to anoint you to prophesy. I want you to speak what God is about to do in your life. So, here's my final point. You are my final point. If you shall have whatever you say, if it's going to turn out according to what you said, you got to get up, you got to stand up, and you got to say something. It is not what I said that's going to bring you out or keep you in. It is what you say that's going to determine what happens next. You know what's blowing my mind? I just gave them the keys to the kingdom. When I told you you can have whatever you say, you should take over the something.